Once again, I am sharing these from BabyCenter: 5 things you didnt know about Newborsn. I thought it was pretty funny – and true. I am sure some new parents already knew these things… I am going to post one a day for the next 5 days. For those of you who are new, pregnant or thinking about having kids – listen up! For those of you who have already been in the following situations; enjoy a good laugh, leave your funny stories, and perhaps leave behind some advice for the rookies out there!
If you missed the first 4, you can read it by clicking the links below:#1) Newborns are funny looking #2) Newborns are Explosive #3) Newborns are Explosive #4) Bonding Follows its Own Timetable
5) YOU WILL BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF PARENT THAN YOU EXPECTED
I don’t completely agree with the above title because I always had an idea of how I would parent, how I would bond, what my limitations and consequences would be; and I was right. I think I could describe myself as a laid back, easy going, trial-and-error kind of mom. I am flexible with our schedules, I am not paranoid or over-protective and we are always on the go. In turn, R has turned out to be a happy, energetic and social baby. She loves people, very rarely makes strange and is easy to bring anywhere I want; friends houses, family gatherings, stores, parks or appointments. She is very friendly, and never cries when I leave because she trusts that I will return.
In R’s first year, I didn’t necessarily follow guidelines or rules to raising a child. I did what worked for us in terms of breastfeeding, introducing solids, sleep schedules and play time. She developed just fine, right on track; if not early.
When it comes to cupboard doors, stairs, bonking her head or climbing on things; I let her. When she was doing risky things, she rarely got hurt. But if she did, she always learned and didn’t do it again. I didn’t use child proof locks on any cabinets or doors, and she never bothers with them. I didn’t make a big stink about putting things in her mouth, so if she picks up a penny or something small off the ground; she walks over to me and says “ta-ta” and hands the object to me.
Last week I asked my friend when they would start being more cautious about swearing in front of their daughter who is turning 2 and repeating so many words. She responded saying “We don’t make a big deal about swearing. If we were to be like “Don’t say that!” or “Shhhh” every time someone around her did, she’d be more inclined to repeat them!” – SO TRUE!!!!
One parent noted: “I always thought it was disgusting when parents cleaned their kid’s nose with their own hands, but now I’m one of those parents!”
And another mom says: “When my youngest was an infant, I was terrified of the pacifier.…This thing wasn’t going to get me. Oh no. I was smarter than that. Or so I thought.… After a few weeks, the crying was too much, and I was done being a human pacifier.”
The soother I can relate to! Sometimes you just need to cave on what you thought were your original beliefs.
What kind of parent are you? Do you find that you parent differently than you anticipated? Do you have any advice or recommendations for other parents out there?
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